For Jerwin Ancajas, his upcoming struggle is an opportunity to make a primary impression with a brand new promotion. For Mark Magsayo, it’s an opportunity to repair a primary impression that didn’t go in addition to he’d have hoped.
The 2 Filipino fighters will seem on the identical card on Premier Boxing Champions card on April 10 on the Mohegan Solar On line casino in Uncasville, Conn. The Showtime-televised card will probably be headlined by a welterweight bout between Jaron Ennis and Sergey Lipinets.
Ancajas (32-1-2, 22 knockouts) will lastly meet obligatory challenger Jonathan Javier Rodriguez (22-1, 16 KOs), a 12 months and a half after the struggle was first scheduled, within the ninth protection of his IBF junior bantamweight title. The 2 had been initially set to satisfy in November of 2019, however the struggle was postponed twice earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic knocked the struggle out for the remainder of 2020.
Ancajas, 29, of Panabo Metropolis, Philippines is at the moment signed with MP Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions, after years with Prime Rank. He final fought in December of 2019, taking aside Miguel Gonzalez in six rounds in Mexico. Coach Joven Jimenez says it’s essential for Ancajas to make an enormous impression in his first struggle along with his new promotion.
“Jerwin may be very grateful to Prime Rank for the final three years,” stated Jimenez.
“We anticipate a warfare. Rodriguez comes ahead and Jerwin educated to return ahead this time.”
Rodriguez, 25, of San Luis Potosi, Mexico is coming off a 147-second rust shaker in opposition to Julian Yedras in December.
Magsayo (21-0, 14 KOs) may have his second straight outing on a PBC card when he faces Pablo Cruz (21-3, 6 KOs) of Houston in a ten-round featherweight bout. Magsayo was final within the ring in October, successful a cut up determination over Rigoberto Hermosillo in a struggle that was a lot nearer than was to be anticipated in opposition to somebody coming in off two straight losses.
Magsayo says he is aware of how essential it’s to make a press release on this subsequent outing, if he needs to get greater alternatives subsequent.
“I’m excited as a result of my subsequent struggle ought to be a title struggle however I’m not overlooking this opponent,” stated Magsayo. “I anticipate him to be sturdy and provides a great struggle as a result of he’s a stable fighter and I’m prepared for him.”
Marvin Somodio, who assists Magsayo’s head coach Freddie Roach on the Wild Card Health club in Hollywood, stated Roach has made some changes to Magsayo’s sparring after the underwhelming outing in opposition to Hermosillo. He expects Magsayo to make the impression right here that he had hoped to depart in October.
“I’ve watched a few of [Cruz’s] fights,” stated Somodio. “He will get hit quite a bit, he received’t be capable to deal with Magsayo’s energy.”